NUKU’ALOFA: Tongatapu rugby players pummeled their rivals from ‘Eua last Wednesday with a
As reported earlier, AFL TONGA has a new prize in its trophy cabinet, with the AFL Oceania Cup coming home with the National U16 team. After 4 months of intense training, the Tongan team showed there is nothing better than beating their Pacific neighbours at a game that is somewhat foreign in Tonga.
Tonga is the shock winner of the inaugural AFL Oceania Cup for Under 16s. After both Tonga and NZ went through Day One undefeated it looked like their first up clash on the Sunday morning would decide the winner, and it did, but not before more thrills.
AFL TONGA Visits Sopu Kindergarten for Healthy Living Theme Day
AFL TONGA continued its widespread support of junior sporting activities within Tonga with a visit to Sopu Kindergarten last Friday morning to aid in the Salvation Army's Healthy Living theme day. Tim Grose from AFL TONGA conducted a number of ball skills sessions with the children over a few very productive hours. Fun physical activities of both AFL and non-AFL nature were enjoyed by all the children with the focus being on keeping active, exercising and participation.
A big vote of thanks to the World Footy News for their recent generous donation to the Pau Mafua Trust.
TAFA appreciates your ongoing support to the Development of Australian Rules Football Worldwide.
On 20 August 2008 two TAFA players were tragically crippled for life by a car accident while preparing for the 2008 International Cup. Paumolevuka Tu'i (18) of Talafo'ou and Mafua Kiokata (22) of Nukunuku are now recovering in Vaiola hospital, Nuku'alofa and are expected to be released to return to their villages in the near future.
TAFA recommenced its Senior Programme in 2008 with teams from Nukunuku, Ha'ateiho, Fua'amotu, Liahona and Nakolo competing. A full report will be submitted in the coming weeks.
More images of the 2008 competition can be found here.
The 2008 AFL International Cup will be hosted this August as a part of the AFL's 150 years of Australian Football celebrations. The Tonga Australian Football Association hopes to send its national mens team, the Marlins to compete in the event.
The event will be ran over 3 weeks, with matches being played in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick, the Victorian coastal town of Warrnambool, with matches also being played as curatin raisers to selected AFL matches.
The International Cup will play host to the best Australian Football athletes outside of Australia, with competing teams from the following nations:
Dylan Harper will arrive in Tonga in March 2008 to begin a 12 month assignment as an Australian Football Development Officer, with TAFA, through the Australian Youth Ambassador Program.
Dylan is 22 years old and grew up in Western Australia, having spent the majority of his time in Bunbury and Perth. He played his junior football in Bunbury before moving to Perth to play in the West Australian Football League for Swan Districts FC. Dylan also represented WA at the national 16's and 18's carnivals. In 2002, Dylan attended the AFL draft camp and in 2003 he trained with AFL team, Melbourne FC.
TAFA was recently applauded by the Tonga Red Cross Society for including the Red Cross Hearing Impaired School in its latest sport development program. In a bid to make Australian Football more accessible to everyone in Tonga, TAFA embarked on a 9 week school visitation program which encouraged participation amongst two parts of the population who are often excluded from sport; females and people with a disability.
Congratulations to Tim Valente, winner of the TAFA 2007 Toyota AFL Grand Final Tickets. The winning ticket was drawn by Nathan Schragg at the Annual Consort Fitness bootcampers dinner.
Thank-you to all people who purchased tickets this year. All up we raised approximatley AUD$1600 which is not bad given we only had a week to sell tickets. With that and a bit other we had stashed away we probably have a ruck, rover, centre and CHF on the plane. That only leaves FF, 2 x FP, 2 x HF, etc, etc...long way to go.
Special thanks also to the AFL who donated the tickets, and of course all our ticket sellers who got out and hit up their mates.
TAFA will be raffling 2 tickets to the 2007 Toyota AFL Grand Final as a fundraiser for our 2008 International Cup Campaign.
Tickets are $10 each with the raffle drawn at the Consort Fitness Annual Boot Camp Dinner on the evening of Friday 28 Sep 07 (apologies for the late notice and inconvenient timing - Interstate winners will need to get on a flight the next morning).
Original Article by Mike Russell
The Kingdom of Tonga is made of four island groups. These include the main island Tongatapu, which contains the capital and central business district. (The Tongatapu group also contains the island of Eua) The three other groups are often referred to as the outer island groups, which include the islands of Ha'apai, Vava’u and the Niua’s. It is often claimed that the population in the outer island groups of Tonga are excluded from participation in sports and other programs. The aim of the Island Hop Tour is to make the sport of Australian football (Aussie Rules) available to those living in the outer islands, in addition to setting foundations for Australian football to become a truly national sport in the Kingdom of Tonga.
Previous visits were made to the Ha'apai and Vava’u group in 2005 by TAFA development officers Ed McCowen and Lotu Pangi. The two development officers introduced the game to local high schools and increased local perception of Australian football within the island groups. It was decided that TAFA should build on the good work done by previous development officers and the Island Hop Tour concept was created. The aim of the Island Hop Tour 2007 was to:
Original Article by Mike Russell
It is often claimed that despite having equal sporting potential, the population in the outer island groups of Tonga (around 30% of Tonga's total population) are often excluded from participation in quality sport programs delivered on Tonga's Main Island. TAFA Realises the potential within the outer island groups (Jonah Lomu was born in the Ha'apai group) and has created the Island Hop Tour.
Important Note - this opportunity is also advertised at http://www.ayad.com.au/web/public/displayAssignment07.aspx?assignmentID=5154
TAFA invites expressions of interest for the position of TAFA Development Officer as follows:
31 JANUARY 2007 MAJURO (Pacnews) - The Australian government is rolling out a new-look sports training programme for Pacific island nations starting in April. The revised programme will focus in two areas — developing elite athletes and promoting community-level sports activity, according to the Australian Sports Commission’s Kylie Bates, the regional coordinator for the Pacific, and Warwick Povey, elite programmes and sport education officer.
These will replace an earlier scholarship training programme that the Australian Sports Commission had run since prior to the 2000 Olympic Games held in Sydney. An Australian sports outreach programme will be focusing on helping Pacific islands to improve their capacity to run communitybased sports programs, Bates said. The aim is to “help local organisations run sports programmes themselves,” she said. Rather than take a “shotgun” approach to the region, Bates said the program will focus on only a few islands each year and then rotate to others annually over a five-year period.The three main focus areas for this program are: sports for youth aged six-12, what is described as “inclusive” sports involving
disabled, women and other traditionally under-served groups, and sports leaders.